Deepika Padukone and Daenerys: Fans Draw Parallels

Nag Ashwin’s Kalki 2898 AD hit theaters on June 27, featuring a star-studded cast including Prabhas, Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan, and Kamal Haasan. As fans dissected the film, one scene caught their attention, drawing unexpected comparisons to the iconic HBO series Game of Thrones.

Deepika Padukone as Khaleesi: The Fiery Scene

In a pivotal moment of Kalki 2898 AD, Deepika Padukone’s character, SUM-80 (Sumathi), who is pregnant, walks through fire in a desperate attempt to escape. This powerful scene reminded many fans of Daenerys Targaryen, portrayed by Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones. Specifically, the scene where Daenerys, known as Khaleesi, enters a fire with her dragon eggs and emerges unscathed in the episode titled “Fire and Blood.”

The parallels led to a flurry of comparisons on social media. One fan humorously posted a poster of Deepika from the film on X (formerly Twitter), captioning it, “Deepika Targaryen: The First of Her Name, the Unburnt, Queen of Shambhala, Khaleesi of the Great Complex, Mother of Kalki.” Another user shared a GIF of Daenerys, noting, “This scene came to my mind during Deepika’s interval portion… both are same same but different.”

Fans’ Reactions and Comparisons

The comparisons didn’t stop there. Another fan commented, “Deepika was literally Daenerys Targaryen in the interval,” while another enthusiastically referred to her as “Khaleesi Queen Deepika. IYKYK #Kalki.” This buzz highlighted the similarities in the character arcs, where both women embody strength and resilience in the face of adversity.

Interestingly, one fan pointed out that Deepika is no stranger to fire, referencing her role in Padmaavat where her character, Rani Padmavati, famously walks through flames. Sharing a GIF from Padmaavat, they wrote, “Nag: fire lo walk chesthu vellali. Deepika Padukone: idhi manaki mamulu vishayame. (Nag: You have to walk through fire. Deepika: I already did it.)”

About Kalki 2898 AD

Set in a dystopian future, Kalki 2898 AD takes place in the last city standing, Kashi. Prabhas stars as Bhairava, a bounty hunter, while Deepika plays Sumathi, a test subject experimented on at the Complex. Kamal Haasan portrays Supreme Yaskin, and Amitabh Bachchan plays Ashwatthama. The film made an impressive ₹191.5 crore gross worldwide on its opening day, captivating audiences across languages.

The remarkable scene featuring Deepika has sparked conversations online, drawing intriguing connections to Game of Thrones while celebrating her powerful portrayal in Kalki 2898 AD. As the movie continues to garner attention, fans eagerly discuss the compelling performances and the film’s striking visual parallels.


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